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What to watch for in the Week 12 tilt between the Cardinals and Seahawks

These are the storylines to note.

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Yes, more game previews. This is a big game.

The Arizona Cardinals visit the Seattle Seahawks. Here is what you might want to pay attention to.

Can the Cardinals repeat history and knock Seattle's division hopes?

Arizona, with their 17-10 win in Seattle last season in Week 16, was the first team to do so in two seasons. Can Arizona repeat the feat?

A win would improve Arizona to 10-1 and drop Seattle to 6-5, giving the Cardinals a four-game lead over the Seahawks with five left in the season. It would all but erase any chances Seattle had of repeating as division champion, meaning they will be in the mess that the wild card race always is every season.

Can the Cardinals hold the Seattle offense, and can the Seattle offense score against the Arizona defense?

Seattle is 10th in the league in scoring. Arizona is third in points allowed. Seattle averages 26 points per game and has scored over 20 points in eight of 10 games this season. Arizona has held teams to no more than 20 points in nine of 10 games this season.

Rushing offense and rushing defense

Seattle is number one in rushing offense. Arizona is third in the league against it. They have allowed 100 yards on the ground in a game only once this season. They haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 6 of 2013. Something has to give.

Seattle is seventh in the league against the run, but gave up a gazillion last week in a loss to the Chiefs. Arizona is one of the worst in the league at running the ball, but ran the ball 43 times in their win in Seattle last season.

Can the Cardinals contain Russell Wilson's scrambling?

Wilson has over 500 yards on the ground. He averages more yards per carry than he does per passing attempt. Arizona struggled against Colin Kapernick in the first of their game against San Francisco when he scrambled, but shut him down in the second half. Will they be able to force him to be a picket passer?

Patrick Peterson vs. Richard Sherman

Well, they won't face one another...or will they? There has been a little talk of perhaps Sherman playing receiver.

The talk of the offseason was who was the better cornerback. Sherman definitely has a tougher assignment, but we get to see who plays better in one game.

Drew on the road

He has played well at home. He has not been as good in his two road starts in New York and Denver. How will he handle the environment in Seattle, where they are loud and pump in artificial noise. Plus, there is the wet weather to deal with.


Any other storylines you will be watching?